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Spain World Cup plane struck by lightning

Spain’s World Cup title defence didn’t go exactly as planned. So naturally their plane was struck by lightning while heading home.
Spain's players take part in a training session at CT do Caju in Curitiba at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on the eve of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group B football match between Spain and Australia. (Lluis Gene/Getty Images)

Spain’s World Cup title defence didn’t go exactly as planned. So naturally their plane was struck by lightning while heading home.

From Reuters:

“The Iberia flight, which touched down at about midday local time in the Spanish capital, was hit by a bolt of lightning but there were no negative consequences for the aircraft or the passengers, a spokeswoman for the airline confirmed.”

After getting pummeled 5-1 by the Netherlands and crashing out of the World Cup after only two games, the lightning strike ended up being only the third-worst thing that happened to Spain at the World Cup.

Jokes combining “Spain,” “rain,” and “plane” were considered for this post, but quickly discarded. 

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